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BY J. G. LYONS.
It was supposed that this noble ship yet be a powerful competitor with steam would make her first voyage to California ; in the carrying business upon the high but her vast capacities were finally filled for Liverpool, and no ordinary national It is grateful to record, what may already pride was felt in view of the impression have been inferred, that in private life, which she would make upon the merchants and as a citizen, our great builder illusand masters of England, when she should trates all the genial and generous traits of reach their ports, under the command of character that belong to, and adorn the her gallant captain, late of The Sovereign true Christian gentleman. Success, then, of the Seas. But this voyage she never to his noble enterprises! And may he sailed. She was ingloriously burned at long live to give wings to a commerce, the wharf in New York, when chafing which, if sanctified by the gospel, will beupon her fastenings, all ready for the sea. come the evangelizer of the world. In What will be her fate, or future transform- the present condition of the world, comation, remains yet to be seen. But not a
merce, in its great arena of navigation, is “smell of fire" passed over her builder's among the chief means of civilization and hopes and plans. A large ship, second progress. Such a genius as Mr. M'Kay's only to herself, The Champion of the is of more value to the race than that of Seas, was in the process of construction, the great soldier, or even the great statesand has since been launched and sent to man ; we take pleasure, therefore, in paythe English firm by whom she was or- ing this tribute to his merits. dered-a model and an illustration of American skill. The reputation earned by these ships has brought into Mr.
(For the National Magazine.] M'Kay's hands a vast amount of European orders ; and his yards are now pressed to
SING WITH THE HARP. their utmost power to execute them. He has himself planned, and is rapidly con
MINSTREL! my spirit is sorely dejected ; structing, a new line of packet-ships, to
Take down thy harp from its place on the run between Boston and different European ports. The vessels will be of the Long has it slumber'd untuned and neglected, first class; and we can readily imagine
Long has its voice been unheard in the hall:
Tyrants have triumph'd, and all have conhow popular a line, both for passengers sented ; and freight this must be, prepared at this Orphans are wrong'd, and the spoiler is glad; hour of the maturest experience of the Just men have perish'd, and none have la
mented : builder, combining every advantage that human invention has secured to the ma
Marvel not thou that my bosom is sad. rine art; elegant in accommodations, fleet
Teach thou the sorrowing chords to awaken as the wind, and as strong as timber, iron,
Thoughts of the dead, who for ages have and copper can render them. During the slept ; past ten years, a fleet of ships, some forty Martyrs that shrank not though scorn’d and
forsaken ; or more, any one of which would be a
Bards whom the people have honor'd and reputation for a man, has been issuing from
wept: the yards of Mr. M'Kay—all of them Harp thou of heroes, the valiant, the chainmarked with the genius of their builder,
less, and defending his fame in every succes
Bleeding for rights which the weak have be
tray'd ; sive trip.
Sing thou of goodness, the lowly, the stainless, It is an interesting fact, that not one of Burning her incense unseen in the shade. his ships has ever put into a port in distress, or cost the underwriters a dollar for When thou hast told of the lost and the dying, repairs, in consequence of any defect in Bid thou thy strain of lamenting to cease ; its construction.
Sing thou of Him, on whose promise relying,
Guilt may have pardon, despair may have In the prime of his manhood, with an
peace : abundant capital, a rich experience, and Sound thou of worlds where the seraph is the spur of extraordinary previous success,
sweeping it is a safe prophecy that, if his life is
Harpstrings unworn by the war-notes of men;
Lands of delight, where no mourner is weepspared, wonderful advances will yet be se
ing; cured in the naval art, and the wind will So shall my spirit be tranquil again.
LUTHER CARRIED OFF BY HIS FRIENDS ON HIS BETURN, While all is indignation and rage at 1591.
Worms, that the daring offender should TEITHER Spaniard nor Roman was have been allowed to escape, the time is
to German nation, so strong in the faith ; enemies from the heights of the castle of German fidelity and noble princely care Wartburg. Happy and safe in his dunhad prepared for him a secret asylum. geon, he can return to his flute, sing his
“But because Luther had been out- German psalms, translate his Bible, and lawed by the emperor, and excommuni- thunder at the devil and the pope quite cated by the pope, God inspired the wise at his ease. “ The report gains ground," Elector of Saxony to give orders, through writes Luther," that I have been made confidential and trustworthy persons, to prisoner by friends sent from Franconia ;" take prisoner for a time the outlawed and and, at another time, “I fancy it was supexcommunicated Luther, as the pious ser posed that Luther had been killed, or convant of God, Obadiah, the teacher of demned to utter silence, in order that the King Ahab, kept one hundred priests for public mind might relapse under that soa time concealed in a cavern, and fed them, phistical tyranny which I am so hated for while the Queen Jezebel sought their life. having begun to undermine.” However, Our doctor consented to this step at the Luther took care to let it be known that anxious desire of good people.”—Mathe- he was still alive. He writes to Spalatin : sius.
“I should not be sorry if this letter were
LUTHER BEGINS HIS TRANSLATION OF TUE BIBLE AT
lost by some adroit neglect on your part, proceed alone, Luther's younger brother and should fall into our enemies' hands. . . . having Aed, alarmed at sight of the apThe priests and monks who played off proaching horsemen. their pranks while I was at large, have become so alarmed since I have been a prisoner, that they begin to soften the preposterous tales they have propagated about The heroic monk has suddenly vanished me. They can no longer bear up against from the busy market-places of the world : the pressure of the increasing crowd, and we find him in the quiet chamber of a yet see no avenue by which to escape. Thuringian castle disguised as Master See you not the arm of the Almighty of George, absorbed in the study of that Jacob in all that he works, while we are volume which, since the dark days of silent and rest in patience and in prayer! Erfurt, had become the shining star of Is not the saying of Moses herein verified, his life. This book was now to speak in Vos tacebitis, et Dominus pugnabit pro the German tongue to German hearts ; vobis, The Lord shall fight for you, and such was Luther's resolution, and his ye shall hold your peace ?! ”
labor in his Patmos. Captain Berlepsch and Burkard Hund, “ While our doctor was kept quite Lord of Altenstein, with their servants, secretly at Wartburg, he was not idle, but stopped Luther's carriage in a hollow way pursued dayly his studies and his prayers, near the castle of Altenstein, in the direc- and devoted himself to the Greek and tion of Waltershausen, and carried him Hebrew Bibles, and wrote many coi solaoff. His companion, Amsdorf, had to tory letters to his friends.”—Mathesius.
" In the meantime,” he writes, “I in- Wittemberg under a much higher protectend to translate the New Testament into tion than that of the elector. In this our mother tongue, as our people wish. business the sword neither can nor ought O that every city had its own translator, to assist. God alone must here work so that this book might be in the hands without human care or interference : and hearts of every one! .... I have therefore he who hath most faith will in taken upon myself a burden which sur- this matter protect most." passes my strength. Now only I per- In this confidence he had begun his ceive what a translation means, and why journey; and thoughts like these occuhitherto no one has ventured to put his pied his mind most likely when, at Jena, name to one. It is to be hoped that we in the inn called the Black Bear, he opened may give to our Germany a better transla- his heart so cheerfully and affectionately tion than the Latins possess. It is a great to the two Swiss students, Johannes Kesswork, well worthy that we should all labor | ler and Rutiner, from St. Gall. thereat."
One of them, Kessler, has described Luther dates his letters, From the re- this meeting : “In the sitting-room we gion of the clouds ; From the region of found a man sitting alone at a table, a the birds; or else, From amidst the birds little book lying before him: he greeted singing sweetly on the branches, and laud- us kindly, and called us forward to sit being God day and night, with all their side him at the table ; he offered us drink, strength; or again, From the mountain; which we could not refuse ; but we did From the Island of Palmos. It is from not imagine he was other than a horseman, this, his wilderness, (ex eremo meâ,) that who sat there dressed according to the he pours forth in his sad and eloquent custom of the country in a red cap, simple letters the thoughts which crowd upon him | breeches and jacket, a sword at his side, in his solitude. “What art thou doing at holding with his right hand the pommel this moment, my Philip?" he says to of the sword, with the other his book. Melancthon ; "art thou not praying for And we asked him, “ Master, can you tell me? For my part, seated in contempla- us whether Martin Luther be at this time tion the live-long day, I figure to myself at Wittemberg, or at which place he may the image of the Church, while the words be found ?' He replied, 'I am well inof the eighty-ninth Psalm are ever present formed that Luther is not at this time to me, Nunquid vane constituisti omnes at Wittemberg ; but he is soon to be filios hominum? Wherefore hast thou there. Philip Melancthon is there, made all men in vain ?' God! what a however; he teaches Greek, and Hehorrible spectre of God's wrath is this brew also, both which languages I would abominable reign of the antichrist of truly recommend you to study, for they Rome! I hate the hardness of my heart are necessary for understanding the Scripwhich does not dissolve in torrents of tures.' tears, mourning over the sons of my mur- A few days later these Swiss men meet dered people. Not one is found to rise the same horseman at Wittemberg, at the up, take his stand on God's side, or make house of their countryman, Dr. H. Schurf, himself a rampart unto the house of Israel, by the side of Melancthon.
" When we in this last day of wrath? O, papal reign, were called into the room,” relates Kessworthy of the lees of ages! God have ler, “ behold, we find Martin, as we had mercy upon us !” (May 12th.)
seen him at Jena, with Melancthon, Jus
tus Jonas, Nicolaus Arnsdorf, and Dr. BELOW, LUTIIER'S DEPARTURE ON HORSEBACK FROM
Schurf, all telling him what has happened
at Wittemberg during his absence. He To the left above, Luther and the Swise students in greets us smilingly, points with his finger,
the inn called the Black Bear, at Jena. To the right and says, “This is the Philip Melancthon Luther in the circle of his Wittenberg friends re
cognized on their entrance by the Swiss students. of whom I spoke unto you.'' The spiritual knight left his Patmos armed with his best weapon,-his Bible. The news of the disturbances and confusion at Wittemberg bereft him of all peace A new epoch, a yet more severe struggle, in his solicitude.
was now to begin for Luther. He had to “I come," he wrote to his prince, " to prove to the world whether he could main
LUTHER CHECKS THE DESTRUCTION OF THE IMAGES OF